Denver Nuggets Head Out on Five-Game Road Trip


The Denver Nuggets finished up their four-game home stand on Friday (11/27), and they begin their five-game road trip against the Mavericks on Saturday (11/28).

The Denver Nuggets hosted four-straight games over the past week; however, the Nuggets managed to lose every game to fall to 6-10 on the season. The Denver Nuggets entered their home stand sitting at .500, after losing to the San Antonio Spurs on the road. The Denver Nuggets hoped to get back into the win column by heading home, but they could not manage to get any momentum, losing all four of their home matchups. However, the Denver Nuggets’ four-game home stand saw them face some of the best teams in the Western Conference.

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In the Denver Nuggets’ most recent home stand, they opened it up against the Phoenix Suns, followed by the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, and San Antonio Spurs. After the Denver Nuggets got swept at home by losing all four games, the Nuggets are losers of five-straight and six of their last seven. Over their last 10 games, the Denver Nuggets sport a disappointing 4-6 record, but they hope to get into the win column in their upcoming road trip. The Denver Nuggets open their road trip against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday (11/28).

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The Dallas Mavericks are currently ranked fourth in the Western Conference with a respectable 9-7 record. Moreover, with the Denver Nuggets having a late game against the Spurs on Friday, they are going to be on short rest heading into the matchup on Saturday. Both Kenneth Faried and Joffrey Lauvergne were questionable for their matchup against the Spurs on Friday, but neither played in the game, probably to conserve their energy for the upcoming road trip.

The Denver Nuggets struggled with injuries over the past couple of weeks, but they look to get two of their big men back in the upcoming road trip. With star power forward Kenneth Faried back in the mix, the Denver Nuggets regain the heart of their rotation. Also, Joffrey Lauvergne participated in the pre-game shootaround, but he ultimately missed his 13th-straight game due to a back injury. With two keys parts to the Denver Nuggets’ rotation nearing a return, the Nuggets hope to re-enter the win column for the first time in over 10 days.

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Following the Denver Nuggets’ matchup against the Mavericks, they hit the road for four more games, facing the Bucks, Bulls, Raptors, and 76ers. If there is a silver lining to the long road trip, it is that the Denver Nuggets finish their trip against the winless 76ers. The 76ers are easily the worst team in the NBA at the moment, and the Denver Nuggets desperately need a win to bring some confidence back to the team. Emmanuel Mudiay stated last week that he wanted to bring the Denver Nuggets to the playoffs, but they must turn their season around in a hurry.

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Outside of the game against the 76ers, this road trip will test the drive of this Denver Nuggets squad. They opened the season by impressing many people around the league; however, they have since fallen off the map, largely due to injuries. The Denver Nuggets currently sit two games out of eighth place in the Western Conference, with the Clippers and Timberwolves sitting tied for eighth with an 8-8 record. The Nuggets tip off their road trip on Saturday against the Mavericks, and it concludes on December 5th, before returning home for three games.